06-24-2018  1:32 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

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18-year-old driver dies after colliding with log truck

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Marion County deputies investigating suspicious death

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New Mexico residents to testify on atomic bomb fallout

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test say they were long ignored about the lingering health effects and were expected to share their stories with Congress.The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium plans to...

Small plane hits car after missing runway near Snohomish

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — A small plane hit a car after overshooting the runway at an airfield near Snohomish.The Seattle Times reports that three people, including a child, were in a single-engine plane when it was approaching the Harvey Air Field on Saturday.Lt. Rick Hawkins of the Snohomish...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Authorities investigating fatal Minneapolis police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state authorities are investigating after Minneapolis police shot and killed a black man they say was firing a handgun as he walked outside.A demonstration was planned for Sunday afternoon at a police precinct headquarters and a vigil near the north Minneapolis...

Jews, Muslims in Berlin team up on bike rides against hatred

BERLIN (AP) — Some 25 Jews and Muslims rode tandem bicycles through the German capital on Sunday in a protest against growing anti-Semitism and attacks on Muslims in the country.Some were rabbis and imams, others included women in headscarves and Jewish community members donning skullcaps...

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from award

CHICAGO (AP) — A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans.The Association for Library Service to Children's...

ENTERTAINMENT

Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brigitte Nielsen says she has given birth at age 54.The model, actress and reality star and her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi released a statement to People magazine Saturday saying their daughter Frida was born Friday in Los Angeles and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.3...

Association removes Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from award

CHICAGO (AP) — A division of the American Library Association has voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's book award over concerns with how the early-to-mid 20th century author portrayed blacks and Native Americans.The Association for Library Service to Children's...

'Jurassic World' sequel stomps its way to 0 million debut

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Saudi women in driver's seat as longstanding ban is lifted

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Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due 'soon'

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US Defense chief to visit China amid S. China Sea tensions

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in...

Libyan coast guard intercepts 450 migrants bound for Europe

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Sunday some 460 African migrants, including dozens of children...

Donovan M. Smith Of The Skanner News

Four Portland mothers, all whose sons had died in gun violence, gathered at Bethel A.M.E. church in Northeast Portland, Friday, March 6 to call for an end to violence in the city. Photo by Donovan M. Smith

Emotions were high at a press conference called by the mother of the late Quintrell Holiman, who took his own life during a standoff with Portland Police this month. The message was a simple one, a message of peace.  

Gizelle Holiman, Quintrell’s mom called the press conference on Friday held at Bethel A.M.E church  also to clarify a rumor she says was spreading on social media—that her son was in fact killed by officers on the scene.

“My son made the decision to take his own life.” Holiman stated. The Oregon State Medical Examiner ruled 26-year-old Holiman’s death a suicide a day after he died. Police records said Holiman had fired at officers before fatally turning the gun on himself.

As the rumor got steam, calls for vengeance against the police followed.

 “I’m begging you please leave the police alone,” the elder Holliman pleaded. “If everybody loves my son like they say, put the guns down.”

Holiman’s son was a documented member of the Hoover Criminals gang in Portland and had recently been released from prison. She theorizes the fear of returning to prison and recent familial stress led Quintrell to take his own life.

“He’d decided ‘I’m not going back to jail,’ he’d been having problems with his daughters’ mother, and he couldn’t take it anymore,” she says.

Three mothers who’d lost their sons to gun violence Kimberly Dixon, Lucy Mashia and Josephine Carter-Holmes also joined Holiman in her plea for the violence to cease.

“Instead of putting your arms up to shoot somebody, put your arms up to wrap around somebody." Holiman said.  

The call for peace was unfortunately followed by a string of violence. Around midnight March 9, a fight broke out along the 2700 block of Southeast 125th Avenue that erupted in gunfire. One bullet struck 23-year-old Carlos Antonio Barerra in the stomach—he’s expected to survive.

That same day, Tyrone Allen, 23, was arrested by police. He’s accused of another shooting near Northeast 102nd Avenue and Prescott Street the preceding day. The gunfire yielded no victims but did damage a car in the area.

Perhaps most tragic in the string of the death of Beketel Elbelau Sleeper, affectionally called ‘EJ’ by associates. Sleeper’s friend, 21-year-old Isaiah Horatio Hayes, accidentally fired a round while the two sat in a car—killing him.

A memorial fund for Sleeper’s funeral has been launched by his family and can be found here.

Last year, Portland native James Crittenden Sr., a former gang-member, put out a similar call for peace in a video that showed him embracing a former rival.

That video released in August, 2014 received thousands of shares in a matter of days.

"It takes a real man or a real woman to do this," Crittenden says. "If you can approach someone and let them know, 'I'm sorry about what I did.' Or if they did something, to say:  'I want to let go of what you did. Let's not let this happen again. Let's just live life and be happy.'"

Mayor Charlie Hales issued a statement on Holiman’s death also calling for an end to violence in the city.

“The violence has to stop. It will take a combination of hard work, faith and bravery to stop this destructive cycle. Let us look to the Holiman Family as inspirations for this work.”

Holiman leaves behind two, two-year-old children, a son and daughter.

 

The Office of Youth Violence Prevention offers resources on reducing and eradicating violence in the community. Visit their website at: http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

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